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Final Fantasy VIII (2013)

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This page is for the 2013 re-release. For the original 2000 version, see Final Fantasy VIII. For the 2019 remaster, see Final Fantasy VIII Remastered.

Final Fantasy VIII
Final Fantasy VIII cover
Square Enix
Windows DotEmu
Square Enix
Release dates
Windows December 5, 2013
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Continuous turn-based
Perspectives Cinematic camera, Third-person, Top-down view
Controls Direct control, Menu-based
Genres JRPG, RPG
Vehicles Flight
Art styles Pre-rendered graphics
Themes Fantasy, Sci-fi
Series Final Fantasy
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Key points

This is a re-release of the 2000 PC port of the PlayStation version updated with compatibility with modern operating systems along with additional new features. (Click first ref to see.)[1][2]
Unfavorable to the PlayStation version in areas

General information

Steam Community Discussions
Qhimm Final Fantasy Mod Forums


All versions require Steam DRM and a Square Enix account.

Essential improvements

Better Music Mod

Replaces the default MIDI music with higher-quality tracks, similar to the PlayStation version. If you want orchestral music remixes, use Roses and Wine.

Alternatively, the PlayStation Music Mod (Easy Fix) is a very simple file replacement mod that adds the original PS1 music, and has a much more straightforward installation process. However, unlike the above two mods, this mod won't fix the issue with music restarting from the beginning when you go to battle and then return to controlling your character.

FMV Replacement Pack

Replaces the blurry FMVs with better encoded versions based on the original PC release coupled with the uncompressed PlayStation audio.

Quezacotl sound fix

Fixes the incorrect sounds during the GF Quezacotl's summoning animation.

Graphical enhancements

Tonberry Enhanced is an essential mod which adds external texture support. This may cause issues with the Steam Overlay and the game may crash so disable it.

  • Project Eden or Project AngelWing - Filters and upscales the pixelated backgrounds. Please note that some backgrounds are not perfect and have some graphic problems.
  • Tripod - Adds HD Triple Triad card game.
  • SeeD Reborn - Updates many elements of the HUD such as the title screen, font, textboxes, character art and battle/menu icons.
    • If you dislike the textbox font that comes with 3.5, simply copy the "sy" folder from the 3.2 download. Alternatively, consider PS1 inspired fonts.
    • Textbox color can be changed in the "ic" folder by editing both of the middle bars in "iconfl00_14" in the "iconfl00" folder, and "iconfl01_14" in the "iconf001" folder.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\FINAL FANTASY VIII Steam\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39150/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Square Enix\FINAL FANTASY VIII Steam\<user-id>\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/39150/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.
Steam Cloud


FMVs from the original PC release were re-encoded from 480p Bink format (with tons of macroblocking) to 720p VP8/OGG with additional post-processing resulting in a blurrier look.[3] See FMV Replacement Pack for a fix.
Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Pillarboxed or stretched only.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Menu screens are capped at 60 FPS, combat and FMVs are capped at 15 FPS, and everything else is capped at 30 FPS.[4]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.


To run from battle, hold L3 and R3 (analog sticks).
Ctrl+R resets the game to the title screen.
Input settings.
Input settings.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Entire game pauses when put in background. Can turn on/off.
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Only available on the Japanese Square Enix store.
Fan translation by "ZOG", Steam[1] PC[2].

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9.0c
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio OGG Vorbis
Interface Qt
Cutscenes Bink Video

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz
System memory (RAM) 1 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 4 GB
Video card (GPU) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/39150/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (39150) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. New features accessible by pressing F1 through F5 (more information in manual in the launcher):
    • High Speed Mode, which increases the game speed by about 5x. F1
    • Battle Assistance, which always keeps the ATB bar full, makes Limit Breaks always available, prevents status ailment damage, keeps HP full, and prevents damage from enemies. F2
    • 9999, which makes all player dealt damage and healing do the maximum 9999 amount. F3
    • AP MAX, which sets all currently learned GF abilities to their max level. F4
    • Magic and Gil MAX, which sets all acquired magic spells to 100 and Gil to its maximum limit. F5
    • Magic Booster, which increases the inventory of various spells by 100.
    • Chocobo World, a mini-game previously found in the Pocket station port of the game.
    • Steam Cloud and achievement functionality.
  2. Steam Forums :: Non steam Version or Steam Version - last accessed on May 2023
  3. Steam Forums :: FMVs are WORSE quality than the original version :( - last accessed on May 2023
  4. Steam Forums :: Frame limit - any chance of getting rid of it? - last accessed on May 2023